Don’t Ignore Golf Club Iron Length!

Ignore Attention To Golf Club Iron Length

At Your Game’s Peril!

Golf Club Iron Length

The above chart is from the classic and still relevant Tom Wishon 12 Myths Booklet.  It is used by many professional club fitters to obtain an initial estimate of the iron length that a golfer should be playing with.  Have you seen it before?

About a month ago, I received an email from a parent of a VERY talented female player.  He asked if I had any ideas about why she was having troubles hitting her longer irons.  I quickly suggested she grip down her irons by about a half inch – he told me the problem went away for her.  He also said he often wondered if it was correct for her to play with men’s length clubs.  Hum…

Over the past few weeks, I think I have had a half dozen requests to test for club length.  It is easy for a golfer to realize when he is playing with clubs that are too long – but often more difficult to realize when he is playing with clubs are too short. In EITHER case – playing with incorrect length clubs is a great way to help you groove a non-athletic swing.  More than that – getting the right club length for you is one of the easiest custom fitting areas to get correct.

Sometimes shorter clubs – created by cutting down an existing set – will feel too light, and not perform well.  But reweighting the clubs to get the right feel and performance – at the right length – is a very simple thing to do for an accomplished professional club fitter and club builder.

In closing today – see this link about a pretty well-known golfer who plays with shorter than standard length irons (he is 5 foot 9 inches tall by the way…)

Rickie Fowler’s Golf Clubs!

 

So – What Is YOUR Wrist-To-Floor Measurement? – Let Me Know By Comment To This Post!!

 

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  • Dana Horton

    I have had my drivers cut down to 43″ this year after seeing some of the pros doing it a the start of the season. I’m a big fan of the shorter length. It’s much easier to handle at the top of the swing. I’m 6’2″. No change in distance, maybe even consistently longer because of more solid contact.

    • AWrightDISQ

      Dana thanks for your comment! First will say that I probably should have said that I wanted to keep this particular post to irons. BUT – many like you get great results playing with shorter drivers than you can buy in stores. Keep being a fan of this with your clients! And remember it is always easy to add some lead tape on the bottom of drivers to get weighting back up, when you shorten them. Take care.